College Sports

UMass sells out, goes down

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Records fell by the truckload Saturday afternoon at newly-reopened McGuirk Alumni Stadium — not even a rented video screen could stand the strain — but a thoroughly exciting back-and-forth football game ended once again in UMass frustration and disappointment. The Minutemen and Bowling Green combined for seven lead changes, 200 plays from scrimmage, 89 points and nearly 1,300 yards of total offense. Yet it was the visitors from … 0

Penn State does a job on UMass

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Saturday’s football game at Penn State promised a definite step up in competition for UMass, but delivered several steps back in competitiveness. The Nittany Lions rocked the visitors with 28 points in the second quarter, getting two touchdown runs apiece from Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak, and kept UMass … 0

UMass braces for sellout

Sunday, September 21, 2014

UMass officials are expecting a sellout for Saturday’s Homecoming Game against Bowling Green State University at renovated Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. “It’s not sold out yet,” said Associate Athletic Director John Sinnett. “A limited amount of tickets still remain. We do expect a sellout.” The last sellout at McGuirk was for a Division I-AA playoff game against New Hampshire on Dec. 2, … 0

Bulletin Board: Abramson shines on gridiron

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Deerfield’s Erik Abramson made the Northeast 10 Conference Football Honor Roll with his performance for Assumption College. Abramson, a senior defensive back, finished with a game-high 14 total tackles that included 10 assisted stops in a road loss at Division I FCS member Sacred Heart on Saturday. Abramson … 0

Missed field goal seals UMass’ fate, 34-31

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after the University of Massachusetts football team gave away an 11-point second-half lead for the second straight week, it still had a chance to win Saturday. The Minutemen still had a shot at victory even after a would-be game-clinching interception by Randall Jette was … 0

Bulletin Board: Townsley, Mt. Ida make history

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Greenfield’s Danielle Townsley recorded her first career point and was part of history Thursday afternoon in Nashua, N.H., where her Mt. Ida College field hockey team beat Daniel Webster, 4-0, for the Mustangs program’s first win. Townsley, a freshman midfielder, recorded an assist on Hayley Napier’s goal in … 0

Game UMass falls, 41-38

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — For a brief time in Saturday’s second half, UMass provided the kind of glimpse into FBS football success that its fans have hungered for over the last three seasons — a double-digit lead over a Pac-12 … 0

LLWS star Mo’ne Davis ‘sad’ about UConn NCAA violation

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Little League star Mo’ne Davis says she’s “sad” Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last … 0

Questions for FSU, Bama after Week 1

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Overrated or over reactions? Maybe it’s a bit of the former, but probably far more of the latter after the first weekend of the college football season, which is notorious for setting off way-too-early alarms. No. 1 Florida … 0

Keeping Score: Whipple effect

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple Show debuts today at Gillette Stadium, where the UMass Minutemen are 17-point underdogs against Boston College. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon took his mulligan the day after Christmas when he fired Charley Molnar with three years and $836,000 remaining on his contract. “There … 0

Eagles take down Minutemen

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Any fan hoping to treat Saturday’s season opener as a barometer of how much UMass football had improved entering 2014 got to see a lot of the Minutemen’s defensive unit on the field, but far too … 0

College Football Playoff era begins

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It’s new, it’s exciting and, … 0

‘Robot march’ to protest Iowa’s pink locker room

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school’s famous quirks: the visiting team’s pink locker … 0